On January 5, 1993 — Reggie Jackson is the lone player elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America to the Hall of Fame. Jackson received 93.6 percent of the votes in his first attempt. He was self-proclaimed “the straw that stirred the drink.” His 93.6% is the 10th highest in history ever gained in the voting by the BWAA.
Jackson helped three different teams win 10 Division Championships, 6 Pennants, and 5 World Series-winning teams in a 12 season span.
Phil Niekro garnered 276 votes or 65% and Steve Garvey also received 41% of the vote.
Jackson finished a 21 year career with 563 homeruns, 8th all-time and 1,702 RBI’s 16th on the all-time list. He didn’t create clutch hitting, but he epitomized it. He won 2 World Series MVP’s and delivered 10 homeruns in World Series play, ranking 5th all-time behind Snider (11), Ruth(15), Berra(12), Mantle(18) and tied with Gehrig.